'Wedding Crashers' Director David Dobkin to Helm Hugh Hefner Biopic
After sending Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson to crash some weddings and forcing Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds to switch bodies (and don't forget about Fred Claus since it's Christmas time), director David Dobkin is getting into serious territory with The Judge starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall. And it seems like he's going to stay in that arena for a little while longer because Variety has word that Dobkin is going to direct the gestating biopic on Playboy founder Hugh Hefner that is currently set up at Warner Bros. with Ocean's Eleven franchise producer Jerry Weintraub still on board the untitled project. Read on!
This should be quite the sterling biopic because Rush and Frost/Nixon screenwriter Peter Morgan will script the film. We're not sure just how much of Hefner's life will be covered (the later years get boring and stupid with reality show prospects and Viagara necessities), but there's surely a great biopic in there. The question is who will play the mogul? Names like Robert Downey Jr. and Hugh Jackman have come and gone, and while we still think Field of Dreams patriarch Dwier Brown is a dead wringer for Hef, he's just too old now. James Franco just played him in Lovelace, so that's out. How about Andrew Garfield? Any other ideas?